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English verb: vindicate

1. vindicate (communication) show to be right by providing justification or proof

SamplesVindicate a claim.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)maintain, uphold

Narrower (hyponym)excuse, explain, legitimate

2. vindicate (communication) maintain, uphold, or defend

SamplesVindicate the rights of the citizens.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)defend, maintain

3. vindicate (communication) clear of accusation, blame, suspicion, or doubt with supporting proof

SamplesYou must vindicate yourself and fight this libel.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)acquit, assoil, clear, discharge, exculpate, exonerate

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